Areas of Practice
Languages
  • American Sign Language
Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, Administrative Law Review
  • University of Florida, B.S., summa cum laude, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa
Judicial Clerkships
  • Pro Se Law Clerk to Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, James C. Cacheris, T.S. Ellis, III, Claude M. Hilton, and Gerald Bruce Lee, US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2006-2007
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Sarah D. Gordon

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8005
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Sarah Gordon maintains a three-fold litigation practice that encompasses insurance and reinsurance, employee benefits, and professional liability. She handles a wide variety of coverage disputes, reinsurance arbitrations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, professional malpractice matters, and more. Clients appreciate her practical approach and ability to translate complex matters into concise, persuasive arguments.

In the insurance and reinsurance realm, Ms. Gordon represents clients in complex litigation before federal and state courts and arbitration panels. She represents insurance companies involved in a wide range of coverage disputes, including latent health coverage claims, long-tail environmental coverage claims, and claims against directors and officers. Most recently, she has been centrally involved on behalf of insurers in coverage disputes over sports-related brain injury claims (concussions), personal and advertising injury claims, and abuse claims. On the reinsurance side, Sarah has extensive experience representing cedents and reinsurers in the life, health, and property/casualty industries. Her work in the reinsurance area routinely involves the duty of utmost good faith, the interpretation of treaty language, claims management, premium disputes, and underwriting practices. She also has extensive arbitration experience.

Ms. Gordon also partners with clients on employee benefits matters, with a concentration on ERISA litigation and administrative investigations. She has litigated matters involving breach of fiduciary duty, failure to monitor, and other ERISA claims. On the investigative side, she has represented venture capital operating companies, insurers, financial advisors, and pension plan sponsors before the Department of Labor.

Her practice also includes high-stakes commercial litigation and professional malpractice matters. And, she maintains a robust pro bono practice, which includes, among other things, obtaining political asylum for refugees.

Noteworthy

  • Washington, DC Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Insurance, 2016-2017
  • McCleary Law Fellow, Human Rights Campaign, 2005-2006

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess Surplus Lines & Reinsurance, Vice Chair - 2012-16
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Excess Surplus Lines & Reinsurance, Newsletter Editor and Vice Chair – 2015-16
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Standing Committee on Diversity in the Profession – 2013-14
  • ARIAS - US
  • National Women’s Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee (2015-present)